Creating Firewall Rules
Online Armor is made to be as easy to use as possible, and that includes creating rules. However, most users will not need to create rules. Most rules are created automatically, through automatic configuration.
Online Armor's Firewall Rules Editor operates in two modes: Standard mode, and Advanced mode. More options are available in Advanced mode than Standard mode, for "power users" that wish to exercise additional control.
Note: Rules and settings created in "Advanced Mode" still work in "Standard Mode"
To create a new rule, open the Online Armor Control Panel, select Firewall from the list on the left, then select the Rules tab and the Ports sub-tab and click the New button.
The Standard tab is available in both Standard and Advanced modes with all the same options. This helps you to create a basic Firewall rule.
The following options are available on the Standard tab:
- Access: Allow or Deny – Sets whether the rule you create will Allow or Deny the specified traffic.
- Protocol – Sets whether the rule you create will apply to TCP traffic, UDP traffic, or Both.
- Direction – Sets whether the rule you create will apply to traffic coming into your computer (Incoming, such as server software), leaving your computer (Outbound, such as client software), or both (In/Out).
- Logging – Configures the logging level per rule.
- Use Defaults – Uses the global logging settings defined in the Options, Firewall section.
- Off – Disables logging for this rule only.
- Success only – Logs only traffic that is allowed by this rule.
- Fail only – Logs only traffic that is blocked by this rule.
- All – Logs all traffic for this rule.
- Program control: All programs or Selected program – Sets whether the rule will apply to all programs running on your computer or only one specific program.
- Ports list – Allows you to specify the port or ports that the rest of the rule will apply to. Right-clicking in this area will activate a context menu with additional options.
- Comment – Allows you to enter notes about the rule for future reference.
Endpoint Restrictions Tab (Advanced mode only)
The Endpoint Restrictions tab allows you to further restrict the rule to allow or deny traffic going to specific addresses. The rule will use the global restrictions by default, which are set in the Restrictions tab in the Firewall Settings.
The layout and options are the same as the Restrictions tab in the Firewall Settings, but any changes to this tab will only apply to the rule that you are editing.
Blacklists Tab (Advanced mode only)
The Blacklists tab allows you to select whether any blacklists you use will apply to the rule you are creating. This tab will show you any blacklists you have imported.
You can disable the blacklist for the rule you are creating by removing the check in the Active column for the blacklist you want to disable.
Changing settings in this tab will not affect any other rules. If you want to disable or change your blacklists for all rules you can do so on the Blacklists tab in Firewall Settings.